Welcome to another episode of Armchair Gaming. The goal for this show is simple: I want to help you learn more about philosophy, and I’ll be using video games as an instrument to help teach it.
In today’s episode, we will be taking our second look at death. In many walks of life, we do our best to talk about death not in its finality of the human condition, but rather as the next step in our existence. Today we will evaluate the finality of death, not through the eyes of humanity and the player’s character, but rather through the death of creatures that we interact with.
Today, as we play some Monster Hunter World, we look at death as a finality for a living creature. We will, sadly, assume that not all dogs to go heaven, but rather evaluate animal life and death in the most absolute terms. Later in the episode we look for parallels between death of humans and death of creatures, and also evaluate how Capcom paid homage to more indigenous and traditional views of life, as hunters who slay their marks are observed with carving their foes, as well as are rewarded with parts to use in making themselves stronger.
About Armchair Gaming
I had the chance to explore philosophy in high school and I loved it so much that I went on to study it at Trent University, where I obtained a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in philosophy. I feel so strongly about the subject that I often find myself going through the books I had purchased over my university career, as well as adding to the collection regularly.
Philosophy is an amazingly exciting subject that can teach us not just what to think, but how to think. Unfortunately, a lot of people see philosophy as some intimidating monster, with difficult concepts and theories to grasp. Conversely, some see it as a waste of someone’s time and intellect. As someone who has dedicated their life to the subject, this Scholarly Gamer wants to bring philosophy to you in a way that is approachable, sometimes funny, and presented through a medium of great importance to himself and millions of other people around the world: Games.
I hope you’ll join us on this journey. And remember, you never go a day in your life without living some philosophy.